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Rich orange and red matured Virginias laced with zesty lemon Virginia and seasoned with Syrian Latakia. This beautifully aged tobacco is mild and smooth and naturally aromatic.

Blended ByMcClelland Tobacco Company
Manufactured ByMcClelland Tobacco Company
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging50 grams Tin
ProductionNo longer in production
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None Detected
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable
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JimInks (2933)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

This review is for the original version of Syrian Star, and not the later GKCPC production. The matured orange, red and lemon Virginias provide a wealth of tangy dark fruit, earth, wood, bread, some sugar, tart and tangy citrus, very mild floralness, vegetation, tart lemon, and a few spice and vinegar notes. They are the lead components. The lemon Virginia is just above being a condiment. The smoky, woody, earthy, wine-like, leathery, sweet Syrian Latakia is a supporting player. Although the presence of Oriental is not listed on the tin, I certainly sense its presence, and claim some is here. It offers earth, wood, some herbs, spice, vegetation, floralness, some buttery sweetness, dry sourness, and spice. It’s a step or two behind the Latakia most of the time, but every so often it seems to be a tad more obvious.The strength and nic-hit are a step short of medium. The taste is medium. There’s no chance of bite or harshness. Has a few minute rough edges. Well balanced, deeply rich with some complexity, it burns cool and clean at a slightly slow pace with a sweet, fruity, floral, spicy, mild campfire flavor that extends to the pleasantly lingering after taste. The room note is a notch stronger. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires a couple more than an average number of relights. Can be an all day smoke. Four stars.


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